This time of the year, the Baltic countries are still governed by snow, frost or icy roads. In Estonia temperatures are so low that the Baltic Sea is frozen to death and even cars can ride on it almost 50 days per year. Opel chose this exact landscape to test the Ampera’ s capability of adapting to various conditions.
The electric vehicle, thought by many to be the best sold electric car in Europe, travelled to the near islands in the sea. On a number of stretches having up to 10 km in length and on an ice carpet measuring at least 25 cm, Opel Ampera proved to be very mobile and adaptable. The vehicle is able to use only its electric power at temperature of -10 degrees Celsius/ 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The situation changes if the temperature goes below this point. It is then the moment when the gasoline engine starts running to give a hand to the electric engine.
In very cold weather, the car’ s battery needs preheating during charging, so it can offer a full power capability. The basic auxiliary heating now has the task of warming up the inside cabin, giving additional comfort and sparing the driver from the unpleasant job of scraping ice off the car
The Opel Ampera is a hybrid vehicle. Totally summing up 150 hp(111 kW), it can use its electric power between 40 and 80 km. When the gasoline engine comes into stage, the distance rises to 500 km. The 1.4 liter gasoline engine is the big brother who looks after its younger brother, recharging the 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack of the electric engine.
The Ampera has a great fuel consumption of 1.2 liters / 100 km (196 mpg US or 235 mpg UK). It is also environmental friendly having CO2 emissions of about 27g/km. In less than 10 seconds the car can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) and a maximum speed of 99 mph (161 km/h). The Opel Ampera offers a unique driving experience in battery operation, delivering nearly silent electric drive and a highly refined performance even in extended-range drive mode.
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